Engineering and Public Policy, MS

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The purpose of this degree is to provide students with a background in engineering with the tools necessary to conduct robust policy analysis. It includes required core courses from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the School of Public Policy, complemented by electives in engineering and public policy, which can be met by two courses and a master’s report (recommended), or by one course and a thesis, or by three courses.  A minimum of 16 semester hours must be taken in the College of Engineering.

Degree Requirements With Report With Thesis Coursework Only
Required core courses 20 SH 20 SH 20 SH
Other electives 8 SH 4 SH 12 SH
Master of Science report/thesis 4 SH 8 SH
Minimum semester hours required 32 SH 32 SH 32 SH

Graduate Certificate Options

Students enrolled in a master's degree have the opportunity to also pursue one of the many engineering graduate certificate options in addition to or in combination with the MS degree. Students should consult their faculty adviser regarding these options.

Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership

Master's Degree in Engineering and Public Policy with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership

Students may complete a Master of Science in Engineering and Public Policy in addition to earning a Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership. Students must apply and be admitted to the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program in order to pursue this option. The program requires fulfillment of the 16 semester-hour curriculum required to earn the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership, which includes an industry-based challenge project with multiple mentors. The integrated 36-semester-hour degree and certificate will require 20 hours of adviser-approved technical courses.

Engineering Leadership

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Sustainable Engineering and Systems Modeling

Complete 12 semester hours from the following:12
Dynamic Modeling for Environmental Investment and Policymaking
Life Cycle Assessment of Materials, Products, and Infrastructure
Climate Science, Engineering Adaptation, and Policy
Climate Hazards and Resilient Cities Abroad
Climate Adaptation and Policy Abroad
Time Series and Geospatial Data Sciences
Air Quality Management
Sustainable Energy: Materials, Conversion, Storage, and Usage
Systems Engineering in Public Programs
Data Mining for Engineering Applications
Engineering Probability and Statistics
Statistical Methods in Engineering
Environmental Issues in Manufacturing and Product Use
Sustainable Engineering Systems for Buildings

Public Policy and Analysis

Complete 8 semester hours from the following:8
Applied Microeconomic Policy Analysis
Introduction to Computational Statistics
Statistical Analysis
Advanced Quantitative Techniques
Strategizing Public Policy
Ecological Economics
Research Design and Methodology in Urban and Regional Policy
Research Toolkit for Urban and Regional Policy: Cost/Benefit Analysis
Research Toolkit for Urban and Regional Policy: Project Management
Research Toolkit for Urban and Regional Policy: Data Visualization
Economic Analysis for Policy and Planning
Techniques of Policy Analysis
Techniques of Program Evaluation
Advanced Spatial Analysis of Urban Systems


Complete one of the following options:

Coursework Option

Complete 12 semester hours from the Elective Course List below.12

Report Option

CIVE 8674Master’s Report4
Complete 8 semester hours from the Elective Course List below.8

Thesis Option

CIVE 7990Thesis8
Complete 4 semester hours from the Elective Course List below.4

Elective Course List

CIVE 5271Solid and Hazardous Waste Management4
CIVE 5280Remote Sensing of the Environment4
CIVE 5281Coastal Dynamics and Design4
CIVE 5300
and CIVE 5301
Environmental Sampling and Analysis
and Lab for CIVE 5300
CIVE 7150Data-Driven Decision Support for Civil and Environmental Engineering4
CIVE 7230Legal Aspects of Civil Engineering4
CIVE 7252Water Engineering: Planning, Design, and Management4
CIVE 7261Surface Water Quality Modeling4
EMGT 6225Economic Decision Making4
ENVR 5210Environmental Planning4
ENVR 5260Geographical Information Systems4
LPSC 7312Cities, Sustainability, and Climate Change4
PHTH 5214Environmental Health3
PHTH 5230Global Health3
PPUA 5262Big Data for Cities4
PPUA 5263Geographic Information Systems for Urban and Regional Policy4
PPUA 5264Energy Democracy and Climate Resilience: Technology, Policy, and Social Change4
PPUA 5270Food Systems and Public Policy4
PPUA 6101Environmental Science and Policy Seminar 14

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

32 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required